Stillwater News Press

March 28, 2013

Students work to spruce up Oklahoma State campus

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Members of ECO-OSU, Alpha Phi Alpha and the American Society of Landscape Architects worked together to spruce up campus Thursday.

Campus Beautification Day began at 9 a.m. Thursday with students working on the landscape in front of Ag Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus.

The design was provided by the American Society of Landscape Architects at OSU.

“This is our second-annual event to honor OSU’s induction into Tree Campus USA,” said ECO-OSU President Ryan Haase.

Last year’s work resulted in a new program to establish what forms of trees are on campus and where they are located.

“Last year, what we did was help the (OSU) Physical Plant get a GPS system through the Green Student Initiative for a program that they are working on now that will map out all their tree locations and provide a program for use in the future for educational aspects,” Haase said.

This year’s theme was “Tearing Down to Plant Up.”

President Burns Hargis also helped students plant a tree outside the Henry Bellmon Research Center.

Director of Educational Activities for Alpha Phi Alpha’s Epsilon chapter Martin Smith said last year the event had more than 60 volunteers and they expected more Thursday.

“It’s a day for all student organizations to come out and help volunteer to make their mark on campus,” Haase said.